With clean country air and beautiful green scenery, the UK and Ireland are home to some of the best locations for riding holidays. If you’re planning a riding trip soon, this is your go-to guide on the top ten best destinations for your getaway.
Highlands Unbridled, Scotland, UK
Escape into the Highlands with this unmissable riding experience. This trip offers rides to suit any level, catering for both beginner and experienced riders. The holiday runs from May to October, but also offers Horse Hogmanay; a unique way to spend the new year, available from November to the end of March.
Beach Ride Cornwall, Western Cornwall, UK
Home to some of the UK’s best sandy beaches, Cornwall is the perfect destination for those looking for some scenic seaside riding. Accommodation is provided in either beautiful self catering cottages or a bed and breakfast based in the village’s local pub. The trip gives visitors lessons of their choice, whether it be cross country, show jumping or tips for nervous riders.
Brecon Breacon Trail, Wales, UK
Based in one of Wales’ most breathtaking locations, Brecon Breacon’s horse riding trail is not to be missed. During this trip you’ll explore the wide range of scenic views Abergavenny has to offer, including the famous Sugar loaf Mountain and the ancient oak woods. Trips are available between May and September, with dates in April and October available upon request.
Family Riding Holiday, Cheshire, UK
If you’re looking for a riding holiday that suits all ages, then look no further than the Family Riding Holiday. Nestled within Cheshire’s beautiful countryside, the Children’s Programme runs every morning for little riders, with opportunities to ride also open to Adults if wanted. To occupy those less active family members, there’s also a variety of great pubs and restaurants available; just make sure you remember to wear a pair of Fairfax and Favour boots to look the part!
Celtic Trails, Ireland
Soak up the rich history of the Irish countryside with this riding holiday based in the Rural West of Ireland. This trip is perfect for both horse riding fanatics and history lovers alike, with the chance to ride through Ireland’s beautiful greenery while also visiting Irish Castles and ruins. For those who want to do something different during their stay, visitors can join in with some ‘Donkey Walking’.
Lynch Farm Riding, Cambridgeshire
Within close proximity to London and Peterborough City Centre, Lynch Farm Riding is the perfect city escape. The trip is based at a centre with a highly experienced team of instructors, dedicated to helping all levels of riders including both adults and children. For those less confident riders, this is the perfect way to develop skills in a relaxing environment, and also features activities and lessons that cater for people with special needs.
Flowerhill Equestrian, Ireland
This getaway is surrounded by 250 acres of stunning East Galway countryside, and provides riding trails around woods, riverside locations and amongst beautiful green wildlife. Visitors can choose to stay for either an hour, a day or stay for a full week or more, and can choose from a variety of horse riding from show jumping to cross country workshops.
Fivesaints Riding Centre, Wales
If you’re interested in riding but need a bit of practice, then this trip is perfect for you. The centre is aimed at helping beginners and intermediate riders aged over 16 and includes a choice of either a mini-break of 3 days or a week-long teaching holiday.
Castle Leslie Estate, Ireland
Based within easy reach of Dublin and Belfast, Castle Leslie Estate is one of the last remaining estates in Ireland that’s run by its founding family. The estate is open all year round and boasts 20 miles of bridleways, with equestrian breaks catering to both beginners and experienced riders.
Wellington Riding, Hampshire
Set in a grand 300 acre estate in Hampshire lives one of the UK’s largest equestrian centres, Wellington Riding. The centre is especially great for young ones, running children’s camps in the school holidays. However, adults can also benefit with lessons on Saturday and Weekday evenings.
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